RACELAND – In a return trip to a familiar holiday boys’ high school basketball tournament, Betsy Layne beat host Raceland 69-60 in the first round of the Derby Classic on Saturday.
With the win, Betsy Layne improved to 4-2.
Raceland, an opponent from the neighboring 15th Region, dropped to 6-2 with the loss.
The Bobcats shot 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the field. Betsy Layne finished 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range.
The Bobcats shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the free throw line.
Betsy Layne overcame 17 turnovers en route to the win, defeating a talented Raceland team which had won six of its first seven games in the 2015-16 season.
The Bobcats, who exited the tournament game with 12 assists, posted 11 steals, four deflections and two blocks.
Zach Hamilton led Betsy Layne with a game-high 22 points and a game-best 17 rebounds. Hamilton has already claimed multiple honors early in the 2015-16 campaign.
Joining Hamilton in double figures for the Bobcats, Kyle Watkins scored 21 points and Jacob Ariaz added 18 points.
Grant Osborn and Nathan Hall rounded out the Betsy Layne scoring, chipping in four points and two points, respectively.
Betsy Layne, under the direction of head coach Gary Keathley, halted a five-game Raceland winning streak.
In addition to Betsy Layne and host Raceland, Elliott County, Russell, Cordia and West Carter took the Rams’ home floor for the Derby Classic. In another game played as part of the Derby Classic on Saturday, Elliott County pulled away to defeat Russell 69-46.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.